Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the increase in the tendency towards monopoly in the first quarter of 1962 in this sector of our economy compared with 1961? If the hon. Gentleman is not prepared to listen to the hon. Member for Blyth in this matter, will he bear in mind what Adam Smith had to say on it in "The Wealth of Nations" namely, that: People of the same trade seldom meet together even...
Mr Edward Milne: Will it be in order, Mr. Speaker, for me to send the quotation to the President of the Board of Trade?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Postmaster-General what progress has been made in regard to a new post office at Blyth.
Mr Edward Milne: I welcome that reply, but does the hon. Lady realise that this virtually amounts to breach of a promise based on her reply to my Question on 28th March last when she said that she would look into the matter on the spot? We extended an invitation to her to do so, but we are still awaiting her visit. If the jobs which the President of the Board of Trade has promised my constituency and which...
Mr Edward Milne: Mr. Speaker, is it in order—
Mr Edward Milne: The point I was making when I was rudely interrupted was that if the jobs which the President of the Board of Trade promised my constituency are to materialise, then the Post Office facilities to back those jobs up will have to be much better than they are now.
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what were the amounts spent on interest charges in repayment of loans by Bedlingtonshire Urban District Council, Seaton Valley Urban District Council and Blyth Borough in each of the years from 1951 to 1961.
Mr Edward Milne: While I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for arranging to do that, may I ask him if he will take notice that at the moment these interest charges are having an adverse effect on the housing arrangements of these councils? Is he aware that it takes almost as much as the cost of three houses to pay the interest charges on one?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will take steps to enable him to issue instructions to local authorities in regard to the building of specially constructed houses for handicapped persons.
Mr Edward Milne: I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. Would he care to look at the excellent scheme devised by the Housing Committee of the Blyth Corporation on this matter, in which the features needed for handicapped persons were embodied at the time of house-building? Will he have a look at the scheme?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the increased prices now being charged for sweets and ice cream will affect his estimate of the revenue to be derived from them during the current year.
Mr Edward Milne: Does not the hon. Gentleman consider deplorable the manner in which certain sweets and ice cream manufacturers have increased the prices of their products following the Budget proposals? Will the Chancellor consider giving the same sort of lecture to these people as he has been giving to the wage earners in the past few months?
Mr Edward Milne: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the registration of travel agencies; and for purposes connected therewith. I hope that the House will treat this request to introduce a Bill with generosity and understanding. The extent of the problem is well known to many hon. Members on both sides of the House and considerable correspondence from my constituency and other...
Mr Edward Milne: I do not want to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Dunfermline Burghs (Dr. A. Thompson) too closely on the comparison between the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and the Economic Secretary— this idea of having around one men who are fat only on certain occasions, for it is Antony who has the "lean and hungry look", and who is supposed to be the disciple of depression. I hope the...
Mr Edward Milne: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the saving of life? It is not primarily a question of cost. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of the lifeguard corps and the voluntary life-saving people on the coasts around Britain are very grateful indeed for the assistance they receive on occasions like this?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Education if he is aware of the difficulties still being experienced in Newsham junior school, near Blyth, which, though scheduled for demolition many years ago, is still being used in crowded and unsatisfactory conditions; and if he will make available additional financial aid to the local authority in 1963–64 to deal with this problem.
Mr Edward Milne: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that that reply merely tinkers with a long-drawn-out problem? Does he appreciate the tremendous debt owed to the headmasters and staffs of schools of this description? Will he ensure that some sense of urgency is instilled into the Minister in dealing with this very urgent problem?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Prime Minister whether the public speech of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs about the United Nations on Friday, 13th July, at the annual meeting of the General Council of the United Nations Association, represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
Mr Edward Milne: Does the Prime Minister realise that this speech represented a marked improvement on the one made at Berwick-on-Tweed on 28th December? Will he note that in the course of making this speech the Foreign Secretary said, comparing the United Nations with the League of Nations of pre-war days, that he did not want to see another great idea destroyed by short-sighted attitudes? Will he bear this...
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made in the consideration of methods of estimating the scale of net emigration of doctors from Great Britain; and to what extent the National Health Service has been affected by the departure of doctors for Saskatchewan in particular.